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Old 07-28-2019, 04:47 PM   #1
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Options for interior door mid-staircase


Hi all,

Slowly working our way through the house and now finding ourselves (2 years later!) Working our way towards some basement projects.

In brief, when we moved in there was a door installed in the frame you see open here (you can still see the spot for the hinges).

It was a weird door as it opened right into the other door on the left, which goes to the garage. It annoyed us, so I took it off soon after moving in, it's been sitting in the basement ever since.

We have a home theatre in the basement so just for noise containment we are thinking about putting a door back, and looking for some ideas as to what kind of door we can put.

Don't want it to open the same way into the landing.

Opening the other way probably isn't to code as it seems a little unsafe and weird, and we are limited by the step which descends from the 2nd floor staircase which you can see in the top right corner of the second pic. Can't do a pocket door for the same reason.

I was thinking small french style doors that open into the stair case, but even having a half panel as you walk down the stairs will make you have to deviate around it/take a wide turn to the right.

Maybe a sliding track door? But I think that would look cheap.

Any other ideas? I'm hoping I'm missing something really obvious!

Thanks in advance!
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What is at the bottom of the stairs, is there space to add what would be a hall way or a cubicle with door or doors, it should give you 3ft from the bottom treat to the wall.
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Thanks for the reply

At the bottom it really just opens into the main basement. (See pic)

But I mean you raise an interesting point, is it possible to put the door 'on' the bottom step...?

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Also just to add another pic of how the stairs going to the second floor really limit the options regarding having a door opening into the staircase. The pic is from the stairwell looking up from the turn in the basement portion of the steps

It's even more limited than I had in my mind and so eliminates the possibility of doing a French door type of thing

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I was going to suggest reversing the door frame and have it swing into the stairwell as a right hand door, but you may not have enough space and it will be inconvenient. I think Neal's idea of a door at the bottom of the stairs or on the landing at the bottom (pictures would help) would work.

A track (barn) door won't work, because you don't have the header room. With the exception of the wiring for the light switch, that wall MAY certainly hold a pocket door as the stringers are offset, hopefully. Exploratory surgery would tell and it may be an even better idea.
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Yeah a pocket door would be ideal...this is a couple pics of the wall that would have to hold a pocket door...you think there would be potential to fit a pocket door in there?

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How about here?
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How about here?
Hm interesting suggestion but would require closing off what is a nice 'open' look now. I took a better pic zoomed out to show what the ceilings look like now ...

Keep the suggestions coming though, going to crack this riddle haha

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Thanks for the reply

At the bottom it really just opens into the main basement. (See pic)

But I mean you raise an interesting point, is it possible to put the door 'on' the bottom step...?

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Not on the step because it would be raised 7.5 inches while siting on the step. Plus head room issues. So it would have to be set away from the bottom step at least 36 in for walking room.

What about just putting a door in the media room wall ? I suppose the pic is the media room with the white switches on the wall with the thermostat above them . Where the noise starts and ends.
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Thanks for the reply

At the bottom it really just opens into the main basement. (See pic)

But I mean you raise an interesting point, is it possible to put the door 'on' the bottom step...?

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You need a 3 ft landing at the bottom of stairs so a hallway there would work but take up space.
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A pocket door is not much for soundproofing and this is a bearing wall with the stairs the so another wall to hide a pocket would work but a swing out door would be the easiest.

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Gregsoldtruck79, post 9. Double doors on that wide opening. That seems to be the best idea instead of trying to do something around the staircases. What is beyond that opening? How about closing off part of the wall for one solid core 36"?
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